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Retro Wood and Metal Table – SOLD

14 Oct

Retro wood & metal table

Retro wood & metal table

This is one good looking table! When I bought it it was looking a little worse for wear, but we’ve sanded down the metal legs, given them a good coat of rust treatment and painted them with black enamel paint, which should keep them going for a good few more years. The wood’s also been given a good sanding, but I’ve chosen to leave it raw because I like the way that it looks. I’m not sure how practical that is though, unless you’re going to give it regular rub-downs with some good wax, so for a small fee*, I can also have it varnished to protect it from food spills and general wear & tear.

A super handsome retro table that would look great sitting on your verandah!

* Please add R150 onto the price should you want the wood varnished.

Dimensions: 76.5cm wide x 120.5cm long x 76.5cm tall

Price: R1450

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Vintage Enamel Bins

13 Oct

Vintage enamel bin

Vintage enamel bin

This is quite a special pair of enamel bins! They’re a fair bit older than the normal black and white bins that you see, and they’re also a little bit larger. I love the feet – aren’t they so lovely? They a nice delicate touch on bins that are otherwise quite plain looking. The locks on the front of the bins are long gone, and there are quite a few chips in the speckled enamel, but I think that’s to be expected for their age.

I think that these bins would make fabulous laundry baskets, but you could also use them to store your dog pellets (the lids are heavy enough for the missing clasps not to be an issue), or as recycling bins – my brother has a ‘flour’, ‘sugar’ and ‘rice’ set of bins that he uses for plastic, paper and cans.

Dimensions: Each bin measures 34cm wide x 34cm deep x 59cm tall

Price: R450 each (one SOLD)

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Retro Desk-Cum-Dressing Table – SOLD

9 Oct

Retro desk-cum-dressing table

Retro desk-cum-dressing table

I’m not sure if this is a desk or a dressing table (hence the title!), but I suppose it could work as either really. The lady that it came from used it as a dressing table, and someone suggested putting a mirror on the flipside of the ‘lid’, which would work a treat when you’re applying your make-up. Then there’s the option of hanging a mirror above the table, on the wall behind it. On the other hand I think it works really well as a desk, and not being very large it would be perfect for a home office where you might not have that much space. I suppose what you use it for really depends on what you need it for! It could even come in handy as a funky sewing table. The options are endless…..

Note: We’ve given it a lick of paint, and it’s fine as is, but if you’re super fussy you might want to add another coat – there are are areas where the painter could have paid more attention!

Dimensions: 77cm tall x 107cm wide x 51cm deep

Price: R1400

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Wooden Library Drawers – SOLD

25 Sep

Wooden library drawers

Wooden library drawers

I have to say, I’m rather proud of how these vintage library drawers came out! When I bought them they were in a rather sorry state with great big gouges in the wood, but now the meranti (at least that’s what I think it is!) is super smooth and a good few shades lighter! There are one or two screws missing from the little metal ‘labels’ that double as handles, and one of the bolts is missing, but otherwise everything’s pretty much intact. We’ve removed the metal rods that used to hold the Dewey Decimal cards as they just get in the way of the drawers, and if you do want to use them as properly functioning drawers you’ll need to put some sides and bottoms in the drawers – some skinny plywood would do the job (I think you could just slot them in, no nails necessary) or those clear plastic boxes that Wooolies sometimes sell might even fit*. But if you’re not DIY inclined, but love these drawers (they are quite beautiful!) you could still use them as-is for bigger items like cotton reels and chunky paint brushes – things that won’t fall through the thin slot on the base of the drawers.

A fantastically handsome bit of biblio history that would look great in a home or office setting – we currently have the drawers sitting in our lounge and they look mighty fine! Almost wish we could keep them……

* If they were mine to keep I’d consider putting some clear Perspex sides in the drawers. It’d be a bit pricier than the plywood, but I think it’s look great.

Dimensions: 120cm tall  x 106m wide x 53cm deep

Price: R2650

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Palette Coffee Table – SOLD

22 Sep

Palette shaped coffee table

Palette shaped coffee table

I was very lucky to find this palette-shaped coffee table completely restored – what a bonus! And the person who did the restoration did a very nice job of it! I like the plain black and white palette (ha ha!) – I’m not sure if that’s the original colour scheme or not, but it works well! The white circles seem to be made of a resin of sorts so I’d guess that those haven’t been changed, but the black table top may have once been a natural wood colour, I’m not sure. But as I say, it looks great, and isn’t a piece of furniture that you come across every day! I wish it was! It’s also a decent size – it’s not massive, but it’s definitely large enough to act as a proper coffee table (as opposed to a side table).

An uber cool piece of ’50s furniture that needs a suitably cool home to do it justice!

Dimensions: 89.5cm long x 59.5cm wide x 34cm tall

Price: R890

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Small Wooden Bench – SOLD

8 Sep

Small vintage wooden bench

Small vintage wooden bench

I just love this little wooden bench! It’s definitely got a bit of age to it, looking at the construction and the amount of wear and tear, but it doesn’t bother me one bit – it’s a terrible line to use, but the wear really does add a bit of character! And I love the colour that it’s painted – it’s former owner (and another good friend of mine) has impeccable taste, so it’s no surprise that she chose such a great yellowy-green to paint it!

Whether you use it as extra seating on the verandah (although it is quite low to the ground) or as a magazine ‘rack’ or plant stand, I’m confident that you’ll be very happy that you decided to take this bench home with you!

Dimensions: 1.2m long x 27cm wide x 33cm tall

Price: R410

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